Whether you are exploring multiple majors or searching for information about your chosen field, the resources below will help you make informed decisions.
Join Cal Poly Career Connections
Cal Poly Career Connections is an exclusive online networking and mentoring platform that connects you to Cal Poly's professional community. Alumni in the platform have chosen to be here for you - they want to help you as you explore your own career path. As a student, you can utilize Career Connections in a number of different ways:
- Reach out to alumni to get career-related advice
- Explore the profiles and career paths of Cal Poly alumni
- Browse the many resources and online tools available to you
- Join groups that match your career interests
Sign up today by clicking the Career Connections icon in the My Apps section of your portal.
Meet with Your Career Counselor
Choosing a major and planning your career are complicated tasks. Your Career Counselor can help you determine which majors "fit" you, explore career possibilities within your major, and create strategies to reach your goals. Make an appointment with your Career Counselor or stop by during our Drop-In hours.
Your Career & Life Success Guide
This guide is intended to help you determine your career readiness in four key areas, and it provides action steps to help you develop your skills and stand out to employers.
Graduate Status Report
The Graduate Staus Report (GSR) is a searchable database of Cal Poly graduates' first jobs and graduate school plans, including job title, company name, and starting salary. This resource can give you ideas about career possibilities available to you and potential employers to investigate for internships and jobs.
What Can I Do With This Major?
This online resource provides lists of typical career areas and types of employers that hire students within each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.
Career Services' Industry Spotlight program seeks to connect students with exciting new job markets projected to show employment growth over the next 5-10 years. Explore Industry Spotlight to learn about the latest trends, careers in the field, potential employers, and job opportunities.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Published every two years by the federal government, Occupation Outlook Handbook presents up-to-date career information, including typical duties, working conditions, and education and training. It is an excellent resource for getting a general overview of the careers that interest you.
O*Net is a research database with highly specific career information, including typical tasks, education and training, salary, and job outlook. This resource also allows you to search for careers by your interests, skills, and work values; so it is particularly useful for connecting your personal factors with careers.
Join a Club
There are over 300 unique student organizations at Cal Poly! Attending club meetings, especially related to your major or career interests, can introduce you to other students who share your interests, help you get involved in related projects, and meet employers who want to hire students for internships and full-time careers.
Attend an Information Session
Information Sessions are a chance to informally talk with employers, learn more about companies, and network for internships and full-time careers. Career Services typically offers between 50-60 information sessions per year. Dress is business casual attire and bring your resume; it may be possible to secure an interview if companies have positions available.
How to View Current Information Sessions
- Log into MustangJOBS
- Select the "Events" tab located on the upper-right naviagtion bar
- To view the info session details, click on "View Event"
- Click on the "Join Event" button to indicate that you plan to attend
Connect with Alumni through LinkedIn
Explore profiles of students and alumni from Cal Poly, and get connected to benefit from first-hand advice and experience. (You will need to create an account to fully utilize this resource. Must be logged in to LinkedIn.)
Do Informational Interviewing or Job Shadowing
An informational interview is an opportunity to sit down with a professional in a field that interests you in order to learn more about a particular company or field; and job shadowing is where you observe a professional in the field in order to experience a "day in the life" perspective. Both opportunities allow you to explore potential careers and increase your professional network. If you need help connecting with professionals in your field, make an appointment with your Career Counselor.